Friday, November 18, 2011

Painting in Manhattan

Yesterday my husband and I had tickets to see "Billy Elliot" in the city. We decided to go in early. Unfortunately it was cold and still drizzling when we got there so we stopped into St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Ave. We sat in a pew in The Lady Chapel while I painted this. There were a number of art students all over the church sketching in their sketchbooks. I guess I wasn't the only one who thought of St. Patricks for rainy day sketching. This is about 4 x 6.

From there we walked down Fifth Avenue to the New York Public Library. It had stopped raining and I wanted to paint outdoors. I sat outside the library and sketched the view of the corner of Fifth Ave and 42nd St. I had to finish it indoors because by 4:30 it was already dark and I couldn't see what I was doing on the paper. lol This is also about 4 x 6.


  1. I really do love all of your paintings but this one of St Patrick's is extra special.

  2. I love both of your sketches of NYC. The one of the lady chapel in St. Patrick's is great. And of course I like your corner painting. I used to work right across the street.

    How did you like Billy Elliott?

  3. Joan...they're both so wonderful...especially The Lady Chapel in St. Patrick's Cathedral...Beautiful!!

  4. Oh these are just so lovely! I'm quite enamored of the tree piece. Reminds me of the story "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!"

  5. Oh I heard Billy Elliott was fantastic! Hope you liked it! Super capture of St. Pat's -- I haven't been there in over 40 years!!! Love the skyline too, Joan -- super work!

  6. Helen - Thank you. That architecture was hard to draw.

    Carol - It was such fun sketching in the city. Thanks.

    Hilda - Many thanks!

    Sherry - I could spend days there sketching. Thank you.

    Lin - Thanks! We don't get into the city ofen enough. Billy Elliott was great! I wanted to see it before it closes in Jan.